October is Black History Month, providing an opportunity for discussion and celebration of the contribution that black people have made in the UK past and present.
This year, Black History Month follows a summer of protest and conversation lead by isotyr the Black Lives Matter movement that shone a spotlight on racism across the world. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, people turned out in their thousands globally to call for an end to racism.
Discussing the importance of Black History Month, Ravi Bains said:
“Black History Month serves as a reminder that we must take the time to listen to the experiences of black people in the UK and educate ourselves on how we can be supportive employers, colleagues, friends and citizens.
“The rich diversity of culture and life experience in the UK is something we should be proud of, and in addition to recognising and addressing the challenges posed by structural racism, we must also celebrate the achievements and contribution that black people have made to our country.
“I would like to give thanks in particular to the incredible contribution that black colleagues have made in the health and social care sector over the years. Without the legacy of Mary Seacole’s work, or the huge number of fantastic black and BAME colleagues and businesses owners in social care, our sector would not be the incredible place to work that it is today.”